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1.5 million shoppers hit London's West End

More than 1.5 million shoppers visited London's West End on Saturday, when Oxford Street and Regent Street were closed to traffic.

The Shop West End VIP Day is the fourth time the central London street's have been pedestrianised. The event included a host of discounts from more than 600 retailers.

The family focused entertainment on the streets continued on Sunday, although Sunday was not traffic free.

New West End Company chief executive Richard Dickinson said: "It's amazing that Shop West End VIP Day has such a reputation that people are flying in form Ireland, France, Italy and Spain and even the US to attend. But of course Londoners were out in full force, making the most of having the West End traffic-free. The day was a great success for retailers and shoppers alike, with shoppers enjoying both the incredible offers available across the stores and the buzzing atmosphere, with retailers getting a boost to their Christmas trading."

Separately, the New West End company said that shopper numbers in November had risen 6% on the previous year.

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